The mother of a true hero remembers her swon who died recently from making the ultimate sacrifice. 28-year-old Lyle Francis Eagletail's body was found after he risked his life in an effort to save 6-year-old Garrett Martin Wallace, who fell in the Big Sioux River a week prior. Eagletail is being called the "biggest hero" for his sacrifice. In the poem, The Odyssey, the story is told of a greek hero named Odysseus who left his home of Ithaca to fight the Trojans. On his voyage home, Odysseus encounters many speed bumbs, but fights through. Although Odysseus occasionally displayed the flaw of hubris, which is overbearing pride and arrogance, his cleverness, bravery, and loyalty make Odysseus a true epic hero. Odysseus is a hero because he is clever. First of all, while stuck in the cave of the Cyclops, Odysseus is creating a plan for him and his men to escape. He contemplates killing the one-eyed monster, but then he has a startiling thought: "If I kill him we perished there as well, for we could never move this ponderous doorway slap asid, So we are left to groan and wait for morning" (903). If Odysseus was not clever, he would think quickly and kill the Cyclops. The smart man he is, he realizes they need the Cyclops alive to move the big rock blocking their escape. Secondly, also in the Land of Cyclopes, Odysseus now realizes he needs to come up with a plan to get him and his men out safe. He decides to blind the Cyclops by stabbing his eye. "So with our brand we bored the great eye socket while blood ran out around the red hot bar. Eyelid and lash were sealed; the pierced ball hissed broiling, and the roots popped" (906). Now Odysseus needs to create a plan that will get him and his men out of the Cyclop's cave alive. He decides the best way to do this is to blind him. He gets the Cyclops drunk, and when he passes out, he fastens a tool and stabs his eye, causing him to go blind. Not only is this plan creative, but it is very clever. Lastily, in the Cyclop's cave, Odysseus needs to think fast when the cyclops wants to know who he is. Odysseus replies, "My name is Nohbdy: my mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy" (906). Odysseus is clever when he says this. He realizes there will be consequences if he shares his identity. So instead, Odysseus tells the Cyclops his name is "Nohbdy." Odysseus is clever which shows he is heroic. Despite his cleverness, Odysseus occasionally displays the flaw of hubris, which is overbearing pride and arrogance. For example, as Odysseus and his men are fleeing the island of Cyclops, Odysseus lets his anger flare and yells: "Cyclops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes' son, whose home's on Ithaca!" (Od 9. 416-419). At first, Odysseus is escaping the island with his true identity a secret. Overcome with pride, however, Odysseus has to claim this evil trick. His arrogance gets the best of him and he chants that he is the perpetrator. Later, at Aeaea, the island of Circe, Odysseus shows his arrogance when Eurylochus reminds Odysseus and the other crew of Odysseus' mistake at the Cyclopes' island. "When I heard this I had a mind to draw the blade that swung against my side and chop him, bowling his head upon the ground-Kinsman or no Kinsman, close to me though he was" (Od 10.147-150). Odysseus became very angry when he was reminded of a mistake he made. Despite being close with Eurylochus. His arrogance gets the best of him and he kills Eurylochus. Finally, even Circe, Odysseus's lover and friend, acknowledges Odysseus's arrogance (hubris) when she warns him of the dangers to come. "Old Contender, will you not yield to the immortal gods?...there is no frightening her, no power can fight her" (Od 12.77-81). There are a lot of dangers to come on Odysseus'…
Five Hundred Pages of Greek Mythology
Mrs. D’s class used The Odyssey as an example of Greek mythology. The Odyssey shows all thirteen steps of the hero’s journey and the four functions of Greek mythology. Even though this book is five hundred pages long, it is an exemplar of Greek mythology, which is in contrast to most other Greek mythology stories that tend to be short.
In the book The Odyssey the main character Odysseus is an exemplar of the hero’s journey. To begin, the initiate is…
Advanced Freshman English 4th
17 March 2014
The Odyssey Essay
When you think about Greek Epic leader, Odysseus will most likely come to mind. Odysseus is the main character in Homer's poem "The Odyssey,” which is a narrative poem that describes Odysseus' adventures and obstacles in his quest to return home to Ithaca, where he is king, from the Trojan War. Odysseus has been gone for two decades. All the other chieftains have returned, however, Odysseus' whereabouts are unknown…
Honors English 10 Period 5
30 November 2014
After reading The Odyssey it is evident that no matter what obstacle he and his
men face, big or small, Odysseus' character remains the same. In the epic poem The Odyssey
Homer explores and describes the life of a man named Odysseus. Many of Odysseus' godlike
traits are evident throughout the many challenges he and his men face. Odysseus is a very clever,
brave, and strong man.
Throughout this epic…
During the era of The Odyssey, hospitality played a vital role in the ethics of society. Travel was immensely tiring and many travelers needed places to stay. Therefore people were expected to provide hospitality and in turn, were often rewarded in some type of way. People were expected to treat traveling strangers with food, shelter and entertainment even if they were unaware of the possible danger. Also, people were very wary that if they failed to offer hospitality the Gods would unleash punishment…
In the epic poem The Odyssey, in books 1, 2 & 9, Homer showed that Odysseus had admirable traits even though at times his actions brought pain and suffering to others. By some of his characteristics, he showed us that he is a warrior at this time in his life. His intelligence and his courage were admired by all the characters in The Odyssey. Odysseus demonstrated his intelligence in Book 9 when he didn’t tell the Cyclops his real name because everyone knew who he was. An example…
17 December 012
Homer was in some ways a ghost, he believed he was a blind bard, or a storyteller. David Adam Leeming says that some people believed there are two Homers, or that Homer was a legend. Homer is famous for writing the Iliad and the Odysseus. The story of the Odyssey takes us through the seven stages of a Greek soldier’s journey of getting home after the Trojan War.
The first stage in Odysseus’ Call to venture home to Ithica. Odysseus…
“It is not what an author states, but what he or she whispers that is important.” In other words little details in a work are actually important in fully understanding it. Two works that prove this quote true are The Odyssey by Homer and “Ithaka” by Constantine Cavafy.
The Odyssey by Homer proves that this quote is true in many ways. There were many events in this poem where little details could teach the reader a lot. One was when Odysseus and his men went to The Land of the Lotus Eaters. Though…
November 4, 2014
The Odyssey, a great epic, told us the story of Odysseus and his adventures. Its
characters , their problems, obstacles and their morals weave their way into our live
as well. The morals and beliefs of the Greeks represent to us through stories and
incorporate themselves into our mind. I believe the Odyssey to be an allegory, meaning
it has two parts of interpretation to it. The obstacles, problems and goals relate to our
modern day lives. It…
Odyssey Essay 1/18/13 Period C
Throughout the history of mankind has looked for guidance from a godlike being or beings. In the Greek epic The Odyssey composed by Homer, mortals’ lives are affected by the presence of the gods, who watch over and even intercede…
In this essay I will be talking about whether the statement, “the female characters in book 5 and 6 are more important than Odysseus” is true.
In the books 5 and 6 we meet the female characters, calypso, Athena, Ino and Nausicaa. They all play a significant part in on helping Odysseus find his way home.
Calypso: Calypso is a nymph who lives on the island of Ogygia. She found Odysseus near death and took him in to her home and cared for him. She keeps Odysseus prisoner there for seven…